We fed our DS solids for the first time today. I read about BLS just after pureeing all this food we got out of our garden, so we won't be doing that for a bit, until the pureed food is gone at least. I have a few questions. I apologize in advance for the length and appreciate anyone who is willing to read through the book so I can find out the answers.
first, when DS was eating, he gagged a lot. It didn't seem to be from the taste, because he didn't do it until after a few bites. Then I thought maybe what I was feeding him (sweet potatoes that were thinned out already with formula - because I was worried about wasting breast milk if he doesn't like it) was too thick, so I thinned it out. He doesn't seem to realize he needs to swallow. He just let it all sit in his mouth and was rolling it around with his tongue (although it was really thin at the time so a lot came sloshing out of his mouth). He finally gagged and sort of threw up, so I stopped trying. When does he get the hang of actually swallowing? Also, can I thin out the food with water rather than milk or formula or should I still thin it out with those substances?
Also, DS went to the Dr today for his 6 month check up (1 mo late because dr rescheduled for a vacation). DH brought him because I had a meeting. DH is very anti solids and he is partly why we waited until today to feed him solids (I was fine with it, but didn't want to wait until 8 months like he wished to). When DS was weighed and measured he went down from 39 percentile to 14 percentile (he dropped that much in both weight and height so he isn't skinny, he is proportioned for his height). DH said Dr wasn't overly concerned, but said that DS did need to be eating solids and she was glad we were starting today. She gave DH a packet about foods and it says that he should be eating solids 4 times a day, every 4 hours and should have 3-9 tbsp of cereal, 1/4-1/2 cup of each fruits and veggies in addition to 24-30 ounces of milk each day. That seems like a lot to me, but maybe that is why DS has lost so many percentile points, because I was thinking breast feeding was enough. How much solids and how often should he be eating them at this point? I want to make sure DS gets all that he needs to be healthy and grow the way he should, but don't want him to be obese.
So basically, my questions are these: When should my baby get to the point where he realizes he needs to swallow his food rather than play with it in his mouth? Does him playing with his food mean he isn't ready? Can I thin out his food with water rather than breast milk or formula? How much should I be feeding him to make sure he doesn't lose more weight and to help him grow taller and gain more?
Thanks in advance for any help.